The Carolina Shout - Ragtime and Jazz Piano with Ethan Uslan
By Ethan Uslan
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The Carolina Shout is a podcast about ragtime, New Orleans jazz, Harlem stride piano, and swing. Ethan Uslan is the pianist and host who performs live from his living room and offers up fun commentary and stories about the music. Each episode is a short informal private concert just for you, with occasional special guests and experts. So if you are interested in a podcast about rip-roarin American piano music that’s funny, quirky, a little educational but not too much, here it is!
||CleanEp. 52: An Explosive Episode||In this episode, Ethan wields a sledgehammer and destroys Beethoven's hallowed Fur Elise. Then he re-enacts the Battle of San Juan Hill with musical cannon fire. The carnage continues as Ethan musically crashes two trains together (and the boilers...||3/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 51: Ethan Serenades the Tobacco Control Coordinator||Ethan plays a new arrangement of one of his childhood favorites, “Heart and Soul.” Then he serenades Kate with a tune about the harmful effects of smoking. Finally, Ethan revisits “Whispering,” a song that strikes a chord with many a...||2/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 50: A Philadelphia Story||Do not confuse this podcast episode with The Philadelphia Story - a famous 1940 film which I have never seen. Instead, expect Ethan to play some Philadelphia-related piano music while telling some Philadelphia-related stories. You...||1/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 49: Lazy Songs||Join Ethan for a musical tribute to laziness! Let us honor the sleepy slothful slackers of song! Call in sick, put on your sweatpants, grab that bag of potato chips and tune in!||12/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 48: Ragbag of Bag-Rags||In this gag-filled and bag-themed episode, Ethan plays the "Ragbag Rag" and attempts to change the name of his podcast. This results in a fierce legal battle with Frank Burton, host of the Ragbag Podcast. Ethan then turns his attention to the...||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 47: Ethan Gets Spiritual||Ethan plays an assortment of African-American spirituals and some songs inspired by them. Selections include: "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho," "Down by the Riverside," "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child," and "Go Down Moses" (which has a...||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 46: Street Music||From 42nd Street to 12th Street, and from Beale Street to Basin Street, Ethan plays songs about famous thoroughfares. Unless he gets into a fight at Pee Wee's Saloon in Memphis. Or at the dog track. Please be careful, Ethan.||9/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 45: Riverboat Shuffle||Ethan plays some songs inspired by the Mississippi River and its famous paddle steamer boats. Songs include "Ol' Man River," "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee," Jelly Roll Morton's "Steamboat Stomp," and Hoagy Carmichael's "Riverboat Shuffle."||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 44: An Episode Nonpareil||Happy 4th of July! For this patriotic episode Ethan opens up with "Yankee Doodle Boy" followed by a Scott Joplin rag with a patriotic theme ("The Nonpareil"). Then, Ethan plays "Blaze Away," a rousing march inspired by Teddy Roosevelt's heroics in the..||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 43: Ethan's Chic Sheik Schtick||In this episode, Ethan plays some of his favorite Oriental Fox-Trots, including "Song of India," "Hindustan," "Caravan," and "The Sheik of Araby." Put on your magnetic corset, hop aboard your camel, and get ready for an auditory adventure with the...||5/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 42: Live From the Therapist's Couch||Certain songs give Ethan anxiety. So he pays a visit to the esteemed Dr. Zizmore, who forces him to face his pianistical fears. Enjoy an episode full of tunes that Ethan plays as part of his treatment. Will he be cured? Or will Ethan continue to be...||4/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 41: Getting to Know Jesse Eisenberg||Ethan welcomes academy-award nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg to the podcast studio. They talk about Jesse's musical interests, including "March of the Siamese Children" from the King and I (which Ethan plays on piano). Then, the duo performs a Jesse...||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 40: Pianjo Music||Ethan plays piano music that imitates banjo music. He starts off with "Ring de Banjo" by Stephen Foster and then plays "The Banjo" by HC Harris. Then Ethan plays the most famous piano-banjo piece of all-time: "The Banjo" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk....||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 39: Please Rise for the Martian Planetary Anthem||Ethan is preparing for a big concert at the Agness Scott College Observatory and Planetarium. So he plays some astronomical selections: Blue Moon, The Halley's Comet Rag, and Stars Fell on Alabama. Then Ethan opens up the phone lines and gets a...||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 38: Gina Sings the Andrews Sisters||Gina Marie from Chicago is back to sing songs about those three siblings from Mound, Minnesota who left an indelible mark on American music. Songs featured: “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” “Bei Mir Bistu Schoen,” and Aurora.||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 37: Ethan Rags the Rosary||Ethan pays homage to the great classical composer, Ethelbert Nevin, by playing three of his most famous works: "Mighty Like a Rose," "Narcissus," and "The Rosary." Ethan also plays a song about a sinful young lady who plays ragtime in church: "When...||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 36: Knockin' About with Melinda||On this episode, Ethan plays music that requires knocking on the piano. First, he plays the historically important Carolina Fox Trot, which has some clapping and knocking, and was actually the first published Fox Trot ever. Then, Ethan plays an...||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 35: Old-Time True-Crime (with Gina Marie)||Gina Marie is back to sing songs about true crime. Hear the titillating story and song about Aaron Harris, the New Orleans serial killer who used voodoo magic to stay out of jail. Then, hear Gina sing "Stagger Lee," the song about an old St Louis...||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 34: The Wreck of the Titanic!||Ethan starts off by showing off his cockney accent in the English law enforcement classic "The Policeman's Holiday" (1899). Then he smoothly segues into a Titanic-themed program. "The Wreck of the Titanic" is a descriptive march from 1912 that depicts..||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 33: Piano Bowl XVII||In this sports themed episode, Ethan syncopates basketball, football, baseball, sailboat racing, and horse racing. Ethan also answers a letter from a fan and gives him musical advice on how to get a girlfriend. Then the 1914 Chicago Federals baseball...||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 32: Ethan's Raw Bar||As an appetizer, Ethan offers up "Hold Tight (I Want Some Seafood Mama)" and then he starts slurping oysters, right into the microphone (rude!). Then, rather than eating an oyster, he sings a duet with it (Cole Porter's "Tale of the Oyster"). Finally...||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 31: Dead Man Blues||Ethan kicks off the episode with "Tickled to Death" (1899) by Charles Hunter. From there, things take a morbid turn. Ethan indulges in Jelly Roll Morton's voodoo inspired "Dead Man Blues" (1926) and walks us through the curious ritual known as the New..||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 30: Forbidden Love With Ethan||Ethan duets with Gina Marie to kick off the show, with the song "It's All Right With Me" by Cole Porter. Then, Ethan launches into this episode's theme: songs about philandering. This leads to renditions of "If You Talk in Your Sleep, Don't Mention My..||10/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 29: Cole Porter's Can-Can||French crooner Michel Du Baguette opens the episode with "C'est Magnifique," from Cole Porter's musical "Can-Can" (1953). Ethan talks about the show and plays additional "Can-Can" selections including "I Love Paris" and "Mon Homme" (which wasn't from...||9/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp: 28: Master Raconteur||Ethan opens up the show with "The Invitation Rag" by Les Copeland and welcomes special guest Brent Watkins, who is a filmmaker and ragtimer. Brent compares ragtime to 18th-century German literature, but before things get too hi-falutin, Ethan launches..||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 27: Welcome Freshman Class||Today is the first day of the semester at Carolina Shout Podcast University. Experience a brief freshman orientation and jump right into Ragtime 101 with Professor Ethan. According to the syllabus, today's topics will include the Maple Leaf Rag, St...||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 26: Get It Ethan Style||Vocalist Laura Windley opens the show with a number fresher than Starkist tuna. Ethan plays a polka written for a Civil War Sanitary Fair, and he explains what a Sanitary Fair is (no, it is not a soap circus). Then Ethan puts together a complicated...||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 25: Stick'em Up!||Ethan puts together a train-themed episode. First he sings a song that rhymes just about every train line from the Cotton Belt to the Wabash Cannonball. Then he plays a Scott Joplin march about a massive train collision. After that, Ethan reveals his...||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 24: Liquid Ragtime||This episode begins with Gina Marie singing "Squeeze Me." Then, Ethan reads an email from Gina about her adventures in Europe, which leads to an expensive musical gondola ride. Raw Press, our sponsor for the episode, requests Ethan to sing about...||7/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 23: Cross Words Between Will Shortz & Me||Ethan presents a program of puzzle songs from the 1920s and 30s with insights provided by special guest Will Shortz, editor of the NY Times Crossword. Vocalists Doug Bowles and Gina Marie sing "Cross Word Mama You Puzzle Me (But Papa's Gonna Figure...||7/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 22: Anna Cecilia and the Studio Audience||Vocalist Anna Cecilia swings by the podcast studio and regales us with a few scorching hot jazz numbers. And for the first time in Carolina Shout history, we have a live studio audience (of 4 people). HIGHLIGHTS: Anna Cecilia singing My Baby Just...||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 21: Chopin in the Style of Ethan||Ethan has fun with the music of Frederic Francois Chopin. He plays some hit songs of yore that were based on Chopin's melodies, and of course, Ethan makes his own hot Chopin arrangements as well, including a romping C# Minor Waltz and a Prelude played..||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 20: Pie and Cake with Gina Marie||Chicago jazz vocalist Gina Marie DeGregorio drops in to sing a few tunes with Ethan. Their chit-chat topics range from middle school jazz band repertoire to where/when you can get half-price martinis. Songs included are "Exactly Like You," "Love Me or..||5/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 19: Poor Little Puccini||In this episode, sponsored by Unicorn Drops, Ethan opens up the show with a short "Carolina in the Morning." He then introduces the episode's theme: Madame Butterfly (you know, the opera by Puccini). Then he plays a jazzy "Cho-Cho San" which...||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 18: Ethan vs Robots||In this episode, Ethan pays his income tax and sings a song about it. Then he digs up an obscure Irving Berlin tune about an immigrant facing deportation. Finally, Ethan opens up the phone lines, and to his utter dismay, gets a robocall. He responds...||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 17: Ethan Gets Fired||On this April 1st episode, Ethan plays Gershwin's only cowboy song, and then transforms "I Love a Piano" into "I Love to Podcast." After a discussion of Dorsey boogie confusion, Ethan plays "Jimmy Dorsey's Boogie" and then an obscure rag by...||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 16: Some Classical Music (Sort Of)||After a quick musical celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Ethan plays Beautiful Dreamer and does NOT jazz it up. Then he plays Mozart, and all bets are off. Finally, Ethan musically reenacts the Spanish American War. Ready. Aim. FIRE!||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 15: Mardi Gras with Ethan!||As a prelude to Fat Tuesday debauchery, brother Ethan finds religion and plays a hymn. Then he plays the Tiger Rag and tells the story behind it, which involves shocking accusations of Russian espionage. Finally, Ethan learns what it means to miss New..||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 14: Crooning with Lucifer & Friends||Ethan has fun with a couple WWI songs. First he clones an army of Ethans to whistle Col. Bogey's March, and then he takes the listener to HELL for a live duet sung by the Devil and his son. Finally, Ethan embraces his inner drill sergeant and urges...||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 13: Live from Uslan Castle||Prima donna Lady Melinda Whittington joins Ethan for an anglo-inspired Downton Abbey-themed program. Put on your lorgnette as Lady Whittington warbles one of the smash hits from London's hit 1916 musical: Chu Chin Chow. Then, take off your dinner...||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 12: Questions from Kirk||Ethan opens up the mailbag and fields some interesting piano questions from a listener. This leads him to play "The Entertainer" and then some fancy Harlem-style fingerwork. Will Ethan's digits get all tied up in knots, like spaghetti twined around a...||1/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 11: Auld Rag Tyme||Wearing sweatpants and nursing an acute hangover, Ethan sings his 2017 New Year's resolutions. Then he plays a strenuous duet with Abby the Spoon Lady. Finally, an airline pilot bursts into Ethan's home with an emergency ragtime question pertaining to..||12/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 10: Tea, Pickles and the World Series||For the final episode of the season, Ethan relishes the opportunity to open up the phone lines. To his surprise, the world's foremost authority on pickles calls in. Then Ethan reflects on the song that helped him make Romanian friends, and then...||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 9: DON'T OPEN THAT DOOR!!||Special guest Dr. Kendra Preston-Leonard talks about the Silent Film Sound and Music Archive and we hear Ethan play music from the silent movies. We wrap things up by forming a human pyramid while we listen to Ethan's college football music. Songs...||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 8: The 3 B's - Beethoven, Brinkley, and 'Bama||In the name of science, Ethan performs an experiment on the Moonlight Sonata. Then he introduces a new segment called "Book Report" where he talks about a nefarious con man who ran for office. Then he tries to calm you back down with "Stars Fell...||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 7: Opening Up the Phone Lines was a Bad Idea||Ethan dons a vintage bathing suit to play some beach music. Then he opens up the phone lines and gets a demanding caller who makes too many requests. Finally Ethan reflects on his experience playing piano at a Georgian restaurant in France. ...||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 6: Travels with Ethan - Netherlands Edition||Ethan talks about his trip to the Netherlands where he heard cowboy music coming from a church. He also does jazz variations on a Dutch waltz, and relates a story about how he met the world's most famous woman of the night. Songs Included: Eggs in the..||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 5: Dutch-Indonesian-Mexican-Irish-American Musical Musings||Laura Windley is back to sing what is (probably) the only jazz song about North Carolina. Then Ethan plays variations on a Dutch-Indonesian rock song that was originally an American pseudo-Mexican waltz. Finally we hear the world's most beloved Irish...||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 4: Roll Out The Pi-Yodeling™||Ethan answers a FAQ and travels back in time to 1988, when he was 9 years old and went to New Orleans for the first time. Then he demonstrates a piano technique that he invented, called Pi-Yodeling.™ Finally, Ethan wraps it up by...||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 3: La Vie en Calico||In this episode, Ethan plays the Calico Rag and tells you everything he knows about its composer, Nat Johnson. Then, he plays a French song in the style of Fats Waller. Finally, we hear Ethan accompany vocalist Laura Windley of the Mint Julep Jazz...||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 2: Carolina Shout on the Carolina Shout||Ethan explains why the Carolina Shout is called the Carolina Shout. After the shout, Ethan talks about his former life as a librarian, where shouting was strictly forbidden, and whispering was the only sanctioned form of communication....||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 1: Dawn of a Podcast!||With much fanfare, Ethan triumphantly heralds the birth of a podcast. We get to hear the first song Ethan ever learned to play on the piano, and then we float down the Mississippi River to learn about the first piece of ragtime ever published....||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Carolina Shout: A Teaser||Jazz Piano & Stories w/Ethan Uslan||11/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
I first discovered Ethan's on YouTube and fell in love with his style of performance. He does a great job of presenting new "old-timey" music and finding gems that I otherwise would never hear.
Full of Heart and Soul!
Ethan puts his heart and soul into every podcast and on Christmas some jingle bells too. He is joinedy by many spectacular guests including D**m* GINA, the world famous Will in Shortz and his own cute child flute prodigy. Little did you know, its Kate that runs the show and Ethan that runs his mouth. I'm no expert on the old Joanna but you don't have to know anything about rags or anything about time to listen to this dope podcast! I give it an 88 out of 88!
**(insert piano bang here)
I apologize the Martin reference was unruly. I only meant to compliment consistent guest Gina's excellent singing.
Listen, learn, and be greatly entertained!
This podcast is nonpareil!! (You’ll learn about that word when you listen to the July 1, 2018 episode). Admittedly I’m biased since I have known Ethan for quite some time. That said I’ve been listening to this show for a while and it keeps getting better and better. I learn about music, musicians, composers, and vocabulary. All along Ethan humbly showcases his talent and humor for your enjoyment! I highly encourage you to start listening ASAP!!!!